Daily brief (3/13): Top picks from the Springfield media

Today will be another unseasonably warm, sunny day. A high of 79 is expected.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with the high approaching 79, but a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms moves into the forecast. Storm chances increase to 50 percent on Thursday.

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader: Smoking-ban critics outnumber supporters at meeting. Opponents of Springfield’s smoking ban told the City Council yesterday that the move has hurt businesses, but supporters say the ban is a good move for public health. The council will decide in two weeks whether to repeal the ordinance or send a petition to repeal on to voters. (Other coverage: KSMU, OzarksFirst)
  • KY3: Company withdraws plans for horse-slaughter plant. Unified Equine Inc. has withdrawn plans for a horse-slaughter plant near Mountain Grove, but the company is still considering southwest Missouri. (Other coverage: OzarksFirst)
  • KSPR: Missouri S&T helps create income for Kenyans. Students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla are working on a research project that will help bring jobs to some rural Kenyans.
  • OzarksFirst: Missouri House passes gun discrimination bill. The Missouri House of Representative has passed gun ownership to the list of items covered under a workplace discrimination bill.
  • News-Leader: West Plains manufacturer to add up to 200 jobs. Invensys Controls, which makes valves, thermostats, and switches for gas appliances at a plant in West Plains, announced a $6.9 million expansion yesterday that would add up to 200 jobs.
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